New scheme launched to help with the cost of university
Young people in Tower Hamlets can apply for help
with the cost of university now a groundbreaking new council scheme
Applications for bursaries through the Mayor’s
Higher Education Award are now being accepted at www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/higher
Under the bold initiative, 400 students will
each receive payments totalling £1,500.
Tower Hamlets is the first council in the
country to launch a higher education grant programme of this
The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman,
said: “I am proud to be launching a scheme which will help change
the lives of young people.
“University provides young people with the
best start to their careers and is a fantastic experience, so I am
keen to help as many local youngsters into higher education as
possible so they can realise their full potential.”
The awards scheme is being launched to
- make higher education a more realistic prospect for young
people from poorer families in the borough
- reduce the number of local students who drop out of university
before completing their courses
- encourage more school and college leavers from Tower Hamlets to
At present, only one other council distributes
education grants, benefitting a handful of students each year – so
Tower Hamlets’ 400 grants is an unprecedented move by a local
authority, and will support around half of the number of young
people in the borough who go to university.
Cabinet member for children, schools and
families Councillor Oliur Rahman said: “We are the first authority
in the country to be backing our teenagers in such an innovative
“Tuition fees have meant the cost of
university is simply too daunting for many students in Tower
Hamlets. With this new scheme we are hoping to change that.”
The Mayor’s Higher Education Award is being
launched as a result of the success of the Mayor’s Education Award
– a scheme, now in its third year, in which school leavers are
given grants to help them stay in education.
To be eligible for funding through the Mayor’s
Higher Education Award, students must be under 24, be permanent
residents of Tower Hamlets and be starting higher education courses
in the 2013/14 academic year.
Full details can be found at www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/higher
The application form is now live at this address. Applications
close on October 11.
Contact details for the Mayor's Higher Education Award
The scheme is being administered by the council’s benefits
You can contact the team on 020
7364 5001 or firstname.lastname@example.org
July 1, 2013